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Fund launched to support research for health in humanitarian crises
Date:6/4/2013

A programme to support research that will save lives following a humanitarian crisis is being launched by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA), supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID).

A total of 6.5 million will be available over three years, funded equally by the Wellcome Trust and DFID, with ELRHA overseeing the programme's execution and management.

The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme aims to increase the level and quality of collaborative research on recognised public health challenges in humanitarian crises occurring in low- and middle-income countries, leading to improved health outcomes through cost-effective humanitarian interventions.

Humanitarian crises such as floods, earthquakes, and civil wars can have a devastating health impact on affected populations. Scarce resources, damaged services and infrastructure, and poor water and hygiene facilities lead to increased risk of disease and malnutrition, leaving affected countries' governments and the international community struggling to deliver vital life-saving services.

Dr Jimmy Whitworth, Head of International Activities at the Wellcome Trust, said: "The international community spends billions of pounds each year in responding to humanitarian crises. Yet we know very little about what works best in these situations and there is a real need for better evidence to inform emergency responses.

"We're working with DFID and ELRHA to bridge the gap between research and practice by strengthening partnerships between public health researchers and humanitarian agencies. The ultimate goal is to offer a robust, evidence-based approach to improve public health and emergency responses in crisis situations."

International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said: "The British have a proud tradition of humanitarian support. But we need to do more than
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Contact: Jess Fisher
j.fisher@savethechildren.org.uk
44-292-080-3255
Wellcome Trust
Source:Eurekalert

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